Roberta Kramer is a 25-year veteran of the art and antiques
world. Before beginning her career in auctions, she spent two years curating
for the Ben Uri Art Society in London. Returning stateside, Roberta served as
Gallery Director for J. Rosenthal Fine Art until her interest in Continental
Antiques led her to a management position at Rita Bucheit, Ltd. In 1992, with
her extensive knowledge of fine art and antiques, Roberta started her auction
career at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as an account executive. In 1995, after
taking a leave to found the Antiques Center at Kinzie Square, she was named
Consignment Director of newly formed Chicago auction house, Susanin’s Auctions.
While at Susanin’s she also managed the appraisal department and served as
principal auctioneer alongside Sean Susanin. In 2001 she founded Roberta Kramer
& Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in appraisals and art consulting. A
recognized USPAP qualified appraiser and licensed auctioneer, Roberta has
served as a charity auctioneer for numerous charities and has been a frequent
contributor to Art & Antiques Magazine. Roberta joined HA in 2016, opening
the first regional office in the Midwest for the company. Along with her staff
of specialists in multiple areas of collecting, she serves the Chicago and
greater midwestern region of the country.
Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Decorative Arts History from Parsons’s School of Design and the New School for Social Research through the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Her career began in the curatorial departments of distinguished collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts where responsibilities included the reinstallation of the decorative arts collections and period rooms as well as establishing the collecting direction of the Norwest Modernism Collection.
She went on to Gallery Directorships in Chicago, Atlanta and Birmingham, MI, accepting opportunities to continue to curate exhibitions while buying extensively and developing private collections of furniture, ceramics and glass. Beginning in 2003 she developed curriculum and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the History of Decorative Arts for institutions including Georgia State University.
Karen has been with Heritage Auction since 2007, and has been involved with the Fine Silver & Vertu Auctions sincere their inception in May 2008. She is currently Director of Silver and Decorative Arts.
Nick Dawes began his career
in his native England and brings over forty years of experience in the antiques
and fine art auction business. He emigrated to New York in 1979 and has pursued
his career there as an auctioneer, appraiser, author, lecturer, and antiques dealer. Nick is a former
Department Head and auctioneer at Phillips and at Sotheby’s in New York and has
organized his own auctions at several prominent auction houses. He held
annual exhibitions of Lalique glass hood ornaments at the Pebble Beach Concours
D’Elegance for over twenty years since 1993 and is considered this
country’s leading authority on the work of Rene Lalique. Nick is the author of
four standard works on decorative arts, together with scores of articles, and
lectures widely internationally. He has been a faculty member of Parsons
School of Design since 1984 and has taught Luxury Marketing at Columbia
Business School and courses on English and French furniture at Bard Graduate
Center. Nick is active within many charitable organizations and is the Chairman
and CEO of Salmagundi, the oldest artist’s club in New York City founded in
1871. He first appeared as an appraiser on "Antiques Roadshow" for
PBS in the second ever broadcast of the show, and has appeared regularly ever
since, discussing ceramics, glass, silver, and other decorative arts.
Mani's background includes twenty years of experience in both live
and online auctions, as well as an extensive background in appraising and
vetting Furniture and Decorative Arts, Fine Art, Collectibles, Musical
Instruments and Entertainment Memorabilia.
to joining Heritage, Carolyn was Director and Auctioneer at
Bonhams (Butterfields). She oversaw
the estate department for more than ten years, established a proven track
record in working with large consignments and institutions and was an accredited
member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA).
she has brought to auction the celebrity estates of Shirley Temple Black and
Zsa Zsa Gabor with outstanding results.
auctioneer she has raised millions of dollars and provided auction
services to numerous charities including John Wayne Cancer Society, Stars for a
Cause, The LOOC foundation, Wheels for Humanity, The Beverly Hills Bar
Association Barristers, The Chrysalis Foundation, Project Angel Food, Cancer
Treatment Centers of America, The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Ed Asner
Family Foundation and many others.
Samantha Robinson is a Dallas-based Consignment Director of
Decorative Arts, with interest and expertise in Silver, Art Glass, and Modern & Contemporary Design.
Samantha received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Macalester
College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2010 and a Master of Arts in Art in Art
History from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 2014. Her MA
thesis, titled “An American Antiquity: The Iconography and Materialist of
Tiffany & Co. ‘Aztec’ Style Silver,” examined Gilded Age notions of race,
nationalism, and masculinity evident in Tiffany & Co.’s rare ‘Aztec’ style
presentation silver, chief among them a coffee service commissioned by William
Randolph Hearst in the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) permanent collection.
Samantha joined the DMA as a McDermott Graduate Curatorial Intern of Decorative
Arts in 2014, advancing to the positions of Digital Collections Content
Coordinator in 2015 and finally Interim Assistance Curator in 2016. In addition
to managing the research and display of the permanent collection, she curated
three special exhibitions – The Wittgenstein Vitrine, Shaken,
Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail, and Iris van Herpen:
Transforming Fashion – that demonstrate the range of her knowledge of the
Decorative Arts. Samantha served as an Editor at Everything But The House, a
Cincinnati-based online estate sale start-up, before joining Heritage Auctions
in June 2018.